Awards and Recognition

Repeat performance: CSU earns second STARS Platinum

April 17, 2017

Colorado State University, one of the nation’s most sustainable universities, is the first university in the world to have its sustainability efforts go Platinum — twice. STARS stands for the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, an independent program that measures comprehensive sustainability efforts at more than 800 universities around the world. It is considered the most comprehensive and prestigious sustainability performance measurement program in higher education.

SoGES Director Diana Wall receives top honor from Ecological Society of America

March 1, 2017

Colorado State University Distinguished Professor Diana Wall was recognized March 1 by the Ecological Society of America, which announced that she will receive its highest honor, the 2017 Eminent Ecologist Award, at the society’s annual meeting in August. The award honors a senior ecologist for an outstanding body of ecological work or sustained ecological contributions of extraordinary merit.

Research scientist Gillian Bowser lauded for commitment to diversity in science

March 2017

Gillian Bowser, Colorado State University research scientist, has dedicated her career to learning more about barriers that under-represented students might perceive about ecological research, and implementing programs to overcome those barriers. She’s found success in bringing a diverse group of students into ecology and science by designing classes and programs that emphasize the importance of community and leadership. Bowser was recognized for her efforts last week by the Ecological Society of America. She will receive the Commitment to Human Diversity in Ecology Award at the society’s annual meeting in August.

CSU students lead charge for university to sign renewable electricity pledge

Jan. 25, 2017

Surrounded by students, Colorado State University President Tony Frank signed a pledge Jan. 25 to commit the university to being powered by 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030.  More than 4,300 students, faculty and staff had signed a petition encouraging the university to consider the pledge. Faculty, staff and students from The President’s Sustainability Committee, Live Green Teams, and the Green Guard also endorsed the pledge.

CSU ranked No. 4 in green colleges guide

Oct. 2016

Colorado State University is ranked fourth in the nation among environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company surveyed hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools’ commitments to the environment and sustainability and chose 361 to include in its annual guide to green colleges.

CSU ranked 11 in Sierra Magazine’s Coolest Schools green ranking

Sept. 6, 2016

Colorado State University is among the top sustainable universities in the U.S., according to Sierra magazine, the national magazine of the Sierra Club, which has released its 10th annual “Cool Schools” ranking of America’s greenest colleges and universities. Each of the schools ranked in the top 20 have displayed a strong commitment to protecting the environment, addressing climate change, and encouraging sustainability, Sierra officials said on Sept. 6, when the rankings were released. CSU came in at no. 11, according to the rankings.

CSU earns first-ever STARS Platinum rating for sustainability

March 23, 2015

CSU has become the first and only campus to achieve platinum status – the highest possible – under the STARS rating system (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System), an independent program that measures comprehensive sustainability efforts at more than 700 universities across the globe.

CSU among top five in Sierra Magazine’s Coolest Schools green ranking, top for academics

Aug. 17, 2015

Colorado State University climbed to No. 4 in Sierra magazine’s Cool Schools recently released ranking of the greenest colleges and universities in the U.S. The Cool Schools ranking is among the most watched sustainability rankings in higher education.

CSU named to Green Ribbon Schools program

April 2015

The U.S. Department of Education in April 2015 honored CSU with one of its new Postsecondary Sustainability Awards through its Green Ribbons Schools program, which recognizes both public and private education institutions for “their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.”

The Princeton Review includes CSU among “Top 50 Green Colleges”

April 2015

In April 2015, The Princeton Review ranked CSU 12th overall on its Top 50 Green Colleges List and fifth among public research universities in the country. The Princeton Review used data from STARS as well as student surveys and institutions’ responses to questions about topics like the amount of local/organic food purchased, sustainable transportation practices, recent LEED-certified construction and waste-diversion rates to establish its Top 50 list.

First Colorado State buildings to earn LEED Platinum

June 2015

One of the newest facilities on campus, the Pavilion at Laurel Village, achieved an LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council — a first for CSU.